Krakow (Poland)

Krakow is Poland's second largest city, located at the banks of the Vistula River at the south coast of the country. The city's most famous attraction is the medieval Old Town. Additional attractions include Kazimierz, the Jewish district, and the Wawel Castle. The city also has some good museums, the "Dragon's Cave", as well as the park area, that surrounds the whole Old Town. The city also offers short cruises at The Vistula River and day trips to the nearby ski centers. The main shopping area in the Old Town."

Population: 760,700
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Polish
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Polish zloty (PLN)
Electric plugs: C, E
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: The normally expected tip is around 10-15% of the bill, only when the service is good.
Time in destination: Dec 5, 2019, 8:25:14 PM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Due to its warmer climate in the summer, weather wise the best time to visit Krakow is between July and August although this time of year also attracts hugecrowds and is very busy. The best time to visit is May and June as spring is in full bloom and the days are longer. 

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 26.1 31.8 19.9 8
February 29.1 35.8 23.4 7
March 36.3 44.8 29.7 7
April 46.2 56.3 37.4 8
May 55.6 65.7 45.7 10
June 61.2 70.9 51.4 11
July 63.5 73.4 54.0 10
August 62.4 73.0 53.2 9
September 55.6 65.8 47.5 8
October 46.9 56.8 39.6 7
November 37.8 44.2 32.4 9
December 30.2 35.2 24.8 10

More information: Krakow forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Krakow is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $38.21, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $118.09, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $48.90
  • Hotel (3 stars): $61.02
  • Hotel (4 stars): $90.17
  • Hotel (5 stars): $169.33
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $4.40
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $7.50
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.07
  • Meal, McDonalds: $4.92
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $5.49

More information: Krakow price level

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Destination map in full scale: Krakow destination map

Safety

Krakow has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 72.6 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 81.6 (better than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 62.4 (better than United states average 41.3)

More information: Krakow safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe